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Course teaches students about food sustainability, security

Pennsylvania College of Technology applied management student Mallory A. Hoffman (left), of Pottsville, and culinary arts student Alexa D. Scatamacchia, of Fleetwood, prepare their team’s dish in a combined cooking competition and lesson in equitably distributing nutritious food at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Williamsport branch.

In a bright, clean kitchen across town from their usual classrooms and laboratories, students majoring in culinary arts and other fields at Pennsylvania College of Technology learn more about food security, one of many considerations students discover as they explore the topic of food “sustainability.”

Food Sustainability is a course designed for students in the college’s hospitality majors, but available to anyone.

“Sustainable foods are grown or raised naturally,” explained student Janelle R. Becker, of Fort Loudon, who is pursuing a degree in culinary arts. “They are not only renewable but regenerative: They help the environment. It is important to not only help people, but also the earth, to make sure we always have the resources available that we have now.”

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Farm Show activities illustrate Penn College’s hands-on magnetism

Sixth-graders from Fleetwood Area Middle School in Berks County proudly show off their keepsake aircraft, some of the 70 or so built at the college's booth that day.

Penn College’s inspiring majors made their customary splash throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 4-11), as a rotating regiment of subject experts satisfied each day’s crowds – intellectually and nutritionally – at the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. In addition to the photo gallery below, the college’s involvement was covered by the Pennsylvania Cable Network and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, which featured the schools of Nursing & Health Sciences and Business & Hospitality in its editions.

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Faculty & Staff Nursing Students

Fall nursing graduates attend pinning ceremony

Pinning ceremony
Graduating nurses fill the CAC foyer in a pre-commencement custom.

Fulfilling a pre-commencement tradition, Penn College’s nursing program hosted a pinning ceremony for December graduates of the Bachelor of Science in nursing, traditional. Twenty-four nursing graduates received lapel pins during the ceremony, held in the Community Arts Center on Dec. 20, the day before the college’s Fall Commencement. They also heard from speakers selected by the class: nursing faculty member Laura K. Landis, assistant professor of nursing; and fellow December 2019 nursing graduate Dustin E. Neumann, of State College. Following program tradition, the students recited the Nightingale Pledge and “passed the lamp” to a future nursing graduate.
Photo courtesy of Tina R. Strayer, nursing office assistant, completion degrees

January 14, 2020
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Networking opportunities plentiful at concrete conventions

Penn College's Joseph F. DiBucci (back row, second from left) joins other American Concrete Institute honorees at the organization's annual convention in Cincinnati. In the front row is Tricia G. Ladely, assistant director of the ACI Foundation. (Photo provided)

The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ concrete science technology major was well-represented by students and faculty at a trio of industry gatherings during the Fall 2019 semester.

Joseph F. DiBucci, of Glenshaw, an applied technology studies student and founder/president of the college’s ConCreate Design Club, attended all three: the American Concrete Institute convention, Oct. 20-24 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati; the International Concrete Repair Institute convention, Nov. 11-13 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City; and the Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association annual meeting, Nov. 18-19 at the Hotel Hershey.

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January 13, 2020
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Student Affairs honored again for positive work environment

Elliott Strickland

For the third consecutive year – and the fourth time overall – Student Affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored as one of “The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Penn College is one of 27 colleges or universities to receive the 2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs honor, with the honorees to be published in the March 5 edition of the magazine.

Representatives of the schools will be recognized during the American College Personnel Association’s annual meeting, to be held March 2-5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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January 10, 2020
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President nurtures seeds of success during all-college message

Midway through the academic year and at the on-ramp to a metamorphic new decade, transformation – the college’s internal modifications to enhance students’ life-altering opportunities – was very much on the mind of President Davie Jane Gilmour during Friday’s Spring 2020 kickoff. “Like any other organization or institution, we need to assess, adjust, change and adapt. This assessment is an ongoing process and will continue as we move through this spring semester,” she told faculty and staff assembled in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. “I believe in our future, in the power of a Penn College education and in our ability to change lives.”

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January 10, 2020
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Frailey receives award for contributions to EMS

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, the medical director for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic and physician assistant programs, recently received the Robert D. Aranosian, DO, FACOEP Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services.

The award is presented each year by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians to a member of the organization or of the emergency medicine community who has made contributions to the field of EMS that furthered the operation, teaching or development of the specialty through actions, dedication and deeds. It is one of the organization’s highest honors.

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January 9, 2020
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Academic schools transform to ensure long-term sustainability

Pennsylvania College of Technology

A transformation of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s academic-school structure will streamline operations and support the long-term strength and stability of the institution.

The cornerstone of the changes, which will be implemented July 1, is a reconfiguration of the academic schools from six to three. The college will realize multiple benefits from this restructuring.

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January 9, 2020
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All ‘signs’ point to Penn College grad’s success

Cory D. Karges

Walking amid the collage of colors highlighting attractions and the buzz of anticipation emanating from thousands of patrons, Cory D. Karges resembles a typical tourist. In his untucked brown polo shirt, jeans and white sneakers, he purposely blends into the sun-soaked crowd at the Universal Orlando Resort.

But his connection to the famous destination and other world-renowned parks stands out.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate is the design manager for the company responsible for much of the creative signage – from bold marquees to tiny arrow markers – that complement and enhance the inviting themes of Universal’s various thrill rides, restaurants and hotels.

“When you go into the park and you’re standing next to something that you’ve made, and a family comes up and takes a picture of it, you’re like, ‘Oh that’s cool!’ The thing that I made that nobody thinks about is probably in hundreds, thousands of pictures on Facebook and Instagram,” Karges said. “It’s way better for me than making widgets, that’s for sure.”

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January 8, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

’tis the season

Winter is here!With winter weather possible at any moment, the time is ripe for faculty/staff and students to get (re)acquainted with the college’s guidelines for emergency closings, delays and early dismissals. Keep your cellphone charged, your gloves and boots handy, and your subscription to the PCT Alerts messaging system up-to-date. And, above all, make safe and sound decisions about traveling in poor conditions.

January 7, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Students

Maintain gift-giving spirit for January blood drive

American Red CrossPenn College Health Services and the American Red Cross will hold a two-day blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21-22, in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Besides helping to keep blood supplies ample during winter weather, when donations can be impacted by inhospitable conditions, the January visit will benefit pediatric cancer patients.

THONFor each unit of blood collected, $4 will be donated to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON. There will also be free T-shirts and Papa John’s pizza for donors. Schedule a visit online and use the convenient RapidPass to complete the pre-donation readings and health history questions on appointment day.

January 7, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff

Penn College hosting free FAFSA completion session

Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering assistance for current and future college students and their families to complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college’s Financial Aid Office is hosting a FAFSA completion session to assist with the online application process. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and some scholarships.

The free session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 1049 of the Student & Administrative Services Center on the main campus in Williamsport.

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January 6, 2020